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Wikimedia Ukraine Annual General Meeting 2011

According to the Constitution, the state language of Ukraine is Ukrainian. Russian, which was the de facto official language of the Soviet Union, is widely spoken, especially in eastern and southern Ukraine. According to the 2001 census, 67.5 percent of the population declared Ukrainian as their native language and 29.6 percent declared Russian. Most native Ukrainian speakers know Russian as a second language. Ukrainian is mainly spoken in western and central Ukraine. In western Ukraine, Ukrainian is also the dominant language in cities (such as Lviv). In central Ukraine, Ukrainian and Russian are both equally used in cities, with Russian being more common in Kiev, while Ukrainian is the dominant language in rural communities. In eastern and southern Ukraine, Russian is primarily used in cities, and Ukrainian is used in rural areas.

Wikipedia

In December 2011, according to Alexa, Wikipedia was ranked the 9th most popular site in the country.[1] The number of very active users (more than 100 edits per month) in Ukranian Wikipedia is 127 users in December 2011 while there are 707 active users (five edits per month).[2] In December 2011, there were 360 women of all ages from Ukraine who were interested in Wikipedia on Facebook.[3]

Volunteer projects, popularity, readership, and contribution

In December 2011, according to Alexa, Wikinews was ranked the 20,487th most popular site in the country.[4]

In December 2011, Wikiversity was ranked the 20,570th most popular site in the country.[5]

In December 2011, according to Alexa, Wikibooks was ranked the 2,270th most popular site in the country.[6]

Ukranian women perspective to free knowledge
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Women in Ukraine
  • Women in Ukraine have equal constitutional rights as men in the economic, political, cultural and social fields, as well as in the family. Women make up 54% of the population of Ukraine and 45% of its labor force. Over 60% of all Ukrainian women have higher education (college level and above). However, the unemployment rate of women is very high compared to men with the same educational background (80% of all unemployed in Ukraine are women), not to mention the extensive hidden unemployment among women. Labor laws establish the legal equality of men and women, including equal pay for equal work, a principle that generally was observed. However, industries dominated by female workers had the lowest relative wages and were the ones most likely to be affected by wage arrears.
The Foundation

During the December 2011 fundraising appeal, no Ukranians, men or women, were featured are part of the appeal. During the 2011 Summer of Research, the WMF hired eight research fellows. Of these, only one was female, and she was from the United States. There were four males from American universities, The other researchers included men from a Japanese university, a Swiss university and a Canadian university. There were no research fellows, male or female, from this country.